While Apple continues to move to Apple Silicon, it still supports Intel Macs with the latest versions of macOS. macOS Ventura is Capable of working on most Mac versions Since 2017, including those powered by Intel as well as Apple Silicon. But with that being said, some of the new features of macOS Ventura are only supported on Macs powered by Apple Silicon.
According to Apple’s website, there are some key features in macOS Ventura You will only be able to use it if you have a Mac running Apple Silicon.
First, and in particular, Apple says support for Live Captions in FaceTime is limited to Macs powered by an Apple Silicon processor. This feature automatically overlays typed captions on a FaceTime call. There is also support for assigning speakers to conference calls:
Live Captions in FaceTime: Watch the auto-scripted dialogue embedded in FaceTime video calls. With speaker attribution, it’s easy to follow group conversations.
This feature relies heavily on the Neural Engine, which is why Apple limits it to Macs with an M1 or M2 chip inside and doesn’t support any Intel Macs.
Meanwhile, the second feature that Apple says is only supported on Apple Silicon Macs is reference mode with Sidecar capability. This feature allows you to use the 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro with Liquid Retina XDR as a secondary reference display for your Mac. This feature is only supported on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Liquid Retina XDR display and on Mac computers with Apple silicon.
Finally, there’s a third little feature that’s limited to M1 Macs and later: the ability to enter emojis using your voice while dictating on the device.
Apple is much less aggressive this year with limited features for Apple Silicon Macs than it was last year with macOS Monterey. But on the flip side, Apple is also dropping support for a very large group of older Intel-powered Macs this year.
Notably, macOS Ventura drops support for the (infamous) 2016 MacBook Pro and the trash Mac Pro as of 2013. In total, macOS Ventura supports iMac and MacBook Pro models from 2017 and later, 2018 Mac mini and later, 2018 MacBook Air and later Latest, 2019 Mac Pro, Mac Studio.
As Apple’s Silicon transition continues, Apple will likely continue dropping support for Intel-powered Macs somewhat faster than usual. When the company switched from PowerPC to Intel, Apple dropped support for all PowerPC computers in just two years.
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